The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has announced that the 2012 Australian Automotive Week will be held from March 11 to 18, coinciding with this year's F1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.
With support from the Victorian Government, Australian Automotive Week will showcase local manufacturers of accessories, equipment, parts and tools including off-road and specialist equipment manufacturers.
The week-long event will also include the Victorian Motorsport Product Showcase, a 240sqm pavilion at the F1 Australian Grand Prix. Local manufacturers and exporters will play host to international buyer delegations from the Middle East and North America.
AAAA Senior Manager Ben Bartlett said that with an $8billion annual turnover and a 300,000-strong workforce, Australia's automotive aftermarket sector is a vital part of the Australian economy.
"This special Australian Automotive Week program is a first for our industry sector and is recognition of its importance," Mr Bartlett said.
"Building on the international success of other high profile Australian brands, local manufacturers including Pedders Suspension, Harrop Engineering, and Dyno Dynamics are today in demand in export markets such as Asia, Europe and North America."